The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All

The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All

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Can power be wielded for good, or must it always corrupt? Does technology destroy the truly human? Is beer essential to the good life? The Lord of the Rings raises many such searching questions, and this book attempts some answers. Divided into five sections concerned with power and the Ring, the quest for happiness, good and evil in Middle-earth, time and mortality, and the relevance of fairy tales, The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy mines Tolkien’s fantasy worlds for wisdom in areas including the menace of technology, addiction and fetishism, the vitality of tradition, the environmental implications of Tolkien's thought, Middle-earth's relationship to Buddhism and Taoism, and more.

Title:The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780812695458
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  • Stephie Williams

    This book is another in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series. In it like the others are a group of philosophers and other academics that examine the popular item in the title. In this case they d...

  • Jill

    Only having had a very brief introduction to philosophy in college, I really wanted to find a better way to understand it. My teacher recommended this series to us, "Popular culture and philosophy". I...

  • James

    I wanted this to have much more depth than it did. It's written in a series template of " and Philosophy." There are ones for the Matrix and several other movies, including the Simpsons. The essays ar...

  • Stephanie

    Some of the essays were good, but a lot of them read like the kind of papers I wrote in college. I had hoped that Philosophy professors would be able to do better. Still, it was a fun read for a Tolki...

  • Eustacia Tan

    Despite being a bookworm, I only read Lord of The Rings after the hype passed, when I was 16/17 (and the movie came out when I was, what? 12?) And the only reason I read it was because my friend assur...

  • Chris

    Wow, remember when I was reading things? One thing I noticed about my period of unemployment was that I didn't do a lot of the things I thought I would do if I had the time to do them. Drawing, for ex...

  • Avery (ThePagemaster)

    I only thought a couple essays were ok to read. Nothing against LotR, and the potential philosophies, but I love Lord of the Rings and I just see it as one of the most important fantasies and stories ...

  • Gini

    A nice overview of philosophy using Lord of the Rings as the basis. The chapters are pretty introductory in nature and certainly not meant to substitute for a real study in philosophy, but it makes a ...

  • Jade Cahoon

    Best essay was by far the last. The rest were rather disappointing....

  • Emily Dybdahl

    This is a fun read: a collection of essays on various philosophical topics revolving around The Lord of the Rings. Any analysis of Lord of the Rings is enjoyable, and I learned a little about a few ol...